While many teams are planning on extending qualifying offers to their free agents, the Yankees instead will stand pat and for the first time since the qualifying offer came to existence, will not offer a qualifying offer to any of their free agents.
Chris Young, Chris Capuano and Stephen Drew all hit the free agent market following the final out of the 2015 World Series, but none of them will receive a $15.8 Million qualifying offer. Both Drew and Capuano both had poor seasons and there was some speculation on whether Young, who hit .252/.320/.453 in 140 games, would get a qualifying offer. Ultimately the Yankees decided against it, which means the Yankees won’t gain a draft pick should another team sign their three free agents.
Drew, while he did provide power by hitting 17 home runs, hit .201/.271/.381 in 131 games. Capuano went 0-4 with a 7.97 ERA in 40.2 innings; he was also designated for assignment four times during the regular season.